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August 30, 2013
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Grand Rapids law firm McShane & Bowie announced that it has added five new attorneys, all from the Grand Rapids office of Bloomfield Hills-based firm Myers Nelson Dillon & Shierk PLLC.

Bob Nelson, Terry Dillon and Jim Bruinsma have joined McShane & Bowie as partners, and Mike Farrell and Kathleen Ley-Bruinsma are associates.

Myers Nelson Dillon & Shierk opened with offices in Grand Rapids and Bloomfield Hills in 1999.

“The lawyers in the Bloomfield Hills office will continue their practice under the new name Myers Shierk & LaBelle PLLC and will continue to serve their clients statewide,” said Kim Shierk, partner. “The closing of the Grand Rapids office was in no way a decision made due to the business climate in Grand Rapids.”

McShane & Bowie said of the move: “(It was) a strategic endeavor resulting from a trusted partnership with one of West Michigan’s most recognized law firms.”

“I think that the main reason that this made sense was that our two firms have very strong complementary practices,” said Andrew Shier, member of McShane & Bowie.

“I think it’s a pretty significant development in the Grand Rapids legal community, given who the attorneys who joined us are.”

Nelson works in the area of real estate, business transactions and counseling, and according to the firm, is regarded for his expertise in institutional lending negotiation and enforcement issues.

Dillon is a senior litigator with 30 years of practical experience in both civil and criminal litigation. He also is a former assistant U.S. attorney. He will lead McShane & Bowie’s litigation team.

Bruinsma is a civil litigator who represents clients in a broad range of complex lawsuits and appeals including litigation, environmental, conservation, property tax, regulatory and zoning issues.

Farrell has more than 15 years of experience handling litigation, regulatory and transactional matters, with a focus on commercial, insurance and financial industry issues. He is also a former assistant attorney general.

Ley-Bruinsma represents individuals and businesses in a broad range of civil litigation matters, with a focus on commercial and financial services issues for banks, credit unions and other financial services providers.

Shier noted that the partners, in particular, are highly regarded in the community.All five attorneys have compiled years of experience in their practice areas that will help enhance the stature of the firm.

McShane & Bowie has historically been recognized as a real estate firm, but Shier said that, in recent years, the firm’s work has expanded substantially in the area of business law, including corporate transactions, shareholder disputes, litigation and tax law.

“The Meyers-Nelson addition will go a long way to communicating to not only the legal community but to the public, in general, that we are the law firm for business — all aspects of business,” Shier said.

He noted that four of the five attorneys have strong backgrounds in litigation, which will add to the firm’s litigation practice, as well.

“McShane & Bowie already had a good litigation practice group. This development really bolsters the litigation presence that McShane & Bowie will have in Grand Rapids,” he said.

The new attorneys boosted the firm’s size by 25 percent, Shier said, bumping the Grand Rapids office to 24 attorneys. Shier noted the firm currently takes up the entire 11thfloor of the Campau Square Plaza building, and the additions bring it to near capacity in that location.

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